Japan: in pursuit of the invisible

An exterior view of the Bank of Japan in central Tokyo, Tuesday, 16 March 2004.

Visible policy rate tells you little without knowing ‘natural’ rate that keeps economy on even keel

US autos: changing gear

Ford has called an end to the post-crisis boom in car sales

Daimler/MyTaxi: hail storm

German carmaker backs licensed taxis over Uber

Barclays: spread eagle

Having a profitable UK core helps the restructuring elsewhere

Rolls-Royce: no more CARs

Margins must still improve, but a clearer view should help, too

Oracle: all in the family

NetSuite may be a logical target but its close links are a concern

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for ADIDAS)

Adidas: stars and stripes

Marketing push in the US is already paying off for the German sporting goods group

Lloyds Bank: say a little prayer for him

Shares are at 2011 levels but the UK lender is in much better shape

Royal Dutch Shell: cutting coupons

The oil group’s costs remain too high, threatening its dividends

NANJING, CHINA - JANUARY 13: (CHINA OUT) An investor observes the stock market at an exchange hall on January 13, 2016 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. The Chinese stock market was volatile on Wednesday as the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 73.26 points, or 2.42% to 2,949.60 points and the Shenzhen Compposite Index tumbled 314.88 points, or 3.06% to 9,978.82 points. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Hong Kong/China shares: unreliable connection

Stock Connect has not narrowed the valuation gap between HK and China shares